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Welcome to the webbed and wired edition of R&R, aristotle. We’ll be doing the same sort of song and dance here as we do in print: reviewing the latest comics and cartoon-related books and ranting about trends and abuses and unfathomable foolishnesses. Each installment will stay here for about four weeks, with a new one coming in just about every other week or so. If you don’t have the time to ponder every punctuation mark in this deathless prose and merely want to see what might be there that would interest you, we suggest you scroll down the page looking for the bold-face type that heralds the notables who reside herein this week. So here we go with Opus 339 (and a reprise of Opus 338):

 

Opus 339: History of the Teddy Bear, Reubens Nominees, Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, Cartoonists in Other Lands, 16 Book Reviews & 7 Obits (April 19, 2015).

 

Opus 338: Black Comics and Cartoonists, Copenhagen and Freedom of Expression & the Meaning of Life (March 8, 2015).

 

 

 

 

Opus 339 (April 19, 2015). This time, we solve the mysteries in the cartoon origin of the Teddy Bear (replete with previously unknown facts!). Plus: cartoonists’ fate in other oppressive countries, nominees for the Silver Reubens from the National Cartoonists Society, Trudeau criticizes Charlie Hebdo for abusing satire, Frank Cho’s Manara cover spoof, Eric Larsen vs. “the vocal minority”; and reviews of funnybooks (Lady Killer, Howard the Duck and others). And more, always more—including reviews of 16 books and 7 obituaries (all listed immediately below). Here’s what’s here, in order by department—:

 

 

NOUS R US

Trudeau: Charlie Hebdo Went Too Far*

Political Cartooning in Today’s World

The State of Magazine Cartoons

Rare New Editoonist Gig

 

CARTOONISTS IN OTHER LANDS

Turkish Cartoonists Fined for Obscene Gesture

French Jewish Cartoonist Arrested for Anti-Semitism

Malaysian Zunar Faces 9 Counts of Sedition

Ecuadorian Cartoonist Censored

Swedish Conceptual Artist Vilks Honored

 

IN THIS COUNTRY:

Censoring Palomar Fails—For Now

 

NOMINEES FOR NCS SILVER REUBEN

 

ODDS & ADDENDA

New Wimpy Kid Book

Pentagon Dropping Cartoon Leaflets in Syria

Matt Wagner on Will Eisner’s Spirit

Alan Moore’s Jerusalem at Publisher

Tintin Pulled Then Reinstated in Canadian Bookstore Chain

Bill Watterson Interview

Doug TenNapel Nominated for Emmy

 

THE ABUSE OF SATIRE

*Trudeau’s Full Text Verdict on Charlie Hebdo

Reactions

 

COMICS JOURNALISM IS DIFFERENT. OR NOT.

 

They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?

Keith Knight on the Road

 

COVER CONTROVERSY

Batgirl No.41

Frank Cho’s Manara Spoof

Dennis the Menace and Archie

 

APPEASING THE “VOCAL MINORITY”

Erik Larsen Is Against It

NEWSPAPER COMICS PAGE VIGIL

Zits and Pickles Peeing

 

ACCRETION OF INTENTION DEPARTMENT

Really Short Reviews Of—:

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture, A Career Retrospective

The Cisco Kid, Vol. 1, 1951-1953

Wally Wood: Classic Tales of Torrid Romance

Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction

Cannon

The Art of Ramona Fradon

Berlin: Books One and Two

 

BOOK MARQUEE

Slightly Longer Reviews Of—:

Heroes of Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books

Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies, Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig

Sherlock Holmes in a Study in Scarlet (Gris Grimly)

Lincoln for Beginners

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

 

COLLECTORS’ CORNICHE

Percy Crosby’s Skippy, Jack Farr, Theodore Roosevelt Caricatures

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Reviews At Length Of—:

Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt

            (with Cartoons and the Origin of the Teddy Bear)

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions (Frank Stack)

 

 

LONG FORM PAGINATED CARTOON STRIPS

(Graphic Novels)

Law of the Desert Born

The Sculptor

 

FUNNYBOOK FAN FARE

Discussions Of—:

Lady Killer

King Comics: Prince Valiant, The Phantom, Mandrake, Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon

Howard the Duck

Zombie Tramp

 

PASSIN’ THROUGH

Jim Whiting

Irwin Hasen

Fred Fredericks

Jim Berry

Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Roger Slifer

Stan Freberg

                       

Our Motto: It takes all kinds. Live and let live.

Wear glasses if you need ’em.

But it’s hard to live by this axiom in the Age of Tea Baggers,

so we’ve added another motto:.

 

Seven days without comics makes one weak.

(You can’t have too many mottos.)

 

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NOUS R US

Some of All the News That Gives Us Fits

 

 

TRUDEAU: CHARLIE HEBDO WENT TOO FAR

Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau was at Long Island University on April 10 to receive the George Polk Career Award, an award conferred annually to honor those whose careers represent special achievement in journalism. The awards place a premium on investigative and enterprising reporting that gains attention and achieves results. They were established in 1949 to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.

            As we reported last time, Trudeau is the 33rd person to garner the honor, but the first cartoonist to do so. Four other cartoonists— Jules Feiffer (1961), David Levine (1965), Jeff MacNelly (1977), and Edward Sorel (1980)—have also been cited for their work in specific years, but no cartoonist until Trudeau has received the Career Award.

            During his remarks made in accepting the award, Trudeau reviewed his career producing one of the most frequently banned comic strips in the medium’s history—banned for saying things that too many people regarded as offensive. In that connection, he talked about Charlie Hebdo, the satirical weekly in Paris, the offices of which were attacked by Muslim terrorists on January 7. What he said about Charlie has created no little stir in cartooning circles. We have posted the entire speech below (albeit on the other side of the $ubscribers Wall); but here, we quote those of his remarks that have alarmed many (all in italics):

            Traditionally, satire has comforted the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable. Satire punches up, against authority of all kinds, the little guy against the powerful. Great French satirists like Molière and Daumier always punched up, holding up the self-satisfied and hypocritical to ridicule. Ridiculing the non-privileged is almost never funny—it’s just mean.

            By punching downward, by attacking a powerless, disenfranchised minority with crude, vulgar drawings closer to graffiti than cartoons, Charlie wandered into the realm of hate speech, which in France is only illegal if it directly incites violence. Well, voila—the 7 million copies that were published following the killings did exactly that, triggering violent protests across the Muslim world, including one in Niger, in which ten people died. Meanwhile, the French government kept busy rounding up and arresting over 100 Muslims who had foolishly used their freedom of speech to express their support of the attacks.

            Guided by DailyCartoonist.com’s Alan Gardner, we found the full text of Trudeau’s speech at theatlantic.com, and, as I said, we’ve posted all of it further down the scroll.

 

 

 

POLITICAL CARTOONING IN TODAY’S WORLD

In a press release, the Library of Congress announced that Pulitzer-winning cartoonists Signe Wilkinson and Ann Telnaes will share their perspectives on the art of political cartooning and show examples of their own cartoons, starting at noon, Thursday, April 30. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.

            Under the heading “That’s Not Funny!,” Wilkinson and Telnaes will address several topics that currently affect a political cartoonist’s approach to his or her work. Each cartoonist will describe her initial reaction to the murders of cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, and her responses in cartoon and other formats. They will also share their perceptions about collective responses to the events from the cartooning community.

            The broader, related issue of exercising freedom of expression in the art of cartooning also will be discussed by the cartoonists. Both will show, and comment on, their own cartoons that have triggered controversy and aroused strong negative and/or positive responses.

            Wilkinson is the editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News and Telnaes creates animated editorial cartoons and a blog of print cartoons, animated gifs and sketches for the Washington Post. The only women so far to have won the Pulitzer Prize for their political cartoons, each also has won many other prestigious awards in the field. They are among a small number of women who pursue political cartooning as their main professional focus. Both will comment on their own experiences as women in a cartoon specialty heavily dominated by men.

           

 

 

THE STATE OF MAGAZINE CARTOONS

Magazine cartoons have all but disappeared except in the nation’s two best venues for single-panel “gag” cartoons: they’re holding their own. I was mildly alarmed a few weeks ago when The New Yorker for March 23 arrived with only 10 cartoons, a disastrous drop from its usual 12-17 per issue. But the next issue, with 19 cartoons, brought the average back into its usual range.

            Playboy, the other major cartoon outlet, is still printing about 15 cartoons each issue despite the steady decline in the total number of pages. The last two issues (March and April 2015) offered 5 full-page color cartoons (plus the “pin-up” cartoon by Olivia) and 8-9 smaller cartoons and a couple of strips (including Bobby London’s Dirty Duck). Although the number of cartoons in each issue has slowly declined over the last decade or so, the ratio of cartoons to total page count (which has also declined) remains fairly steady. In the March and April issues, taken all together, Playboy averages 1 cartoon for every 8-9 pages; 1 full-page color cartoon for every 25-28 pages.

            In the best of all cartooning worlds, the number of pages per cartoon would be fewer. Instead of encountering a cartoon every 8-9 pages, you’d like to come across one ever 3-4 pages, say. But the March-April ratios are about the same as it’s been lately.

            Parade, the newspaper Sunday supplement magazine, has apparently given up on cartoons. Several months ago, it published a little booklet with a half-dozen or so cartoons in it. That exercise seemingly exhausted the magazine’s inventory of unpublished cartoons: none have showed up since.

 

 

 

RARE NEW EDITOONIST GIG

At Cagle.com, Daryl Cagle announced that former Memphis Commercial-Appeal and the Detroit Free-Press editorial cartoonist Bill Day has taken a full-time position with the Florida web site FloridaPolitics.com. Said Cagle: “New jobs for editorial cartoonists are rare these days, and full time jobs with Web site firms are even more rare, so this is great to see! Kudos to Peter Schorsch of FloridaPolitics.com for being a brave trendsetter who sees the need and value of having a staff cartoonist and local cartoons. Bill will be drawing about Florida issues, at least five cartoons a week, in addition to illustrations for the site.”

            With Day’s new job, the number of full-time staff editorial cartoonists jumps from 50 to 51.

 

 

 

NEWSPAPER PRINT COMIC STRIPS AREN’T DEAD

A Nashville entrepreneur is toying with the idea of launching a weekly 6-page comic newspaper delivered via mail. From the press release:

            Seeking to preserve a uniquely American art form, Nashville based media entrepreneur Logan Sekulow announced the launch of Laugh-O-Gram, a weekly, family friendly comic strip only newspaper delivered by mail. Acknowledging the importance of grassroots support, Sekulow chose Kickstarter to launch the paper.

            Each issue of Laugh-O-Gram will feature six full-color pages of classic and original comics. Sekulow hopes to bring the funnies to a new generation, while retaining what made them appealing to the pre-2000s generation. The paper, printed on newsprint, will be delivered directly to the mailboxes of subscribers. With traditional newspaper subscriptions in decline, Sekulow saw a need to save the “funny pages.”

            Classic titles include Peanuts, Garfield, Family Circus, Beatle Bailey, Amazing Spiderman, Popeye, Dennis the Menace, Zits, Ziggy, Baby Blues, Hi and Lois, The Phantom, Dilbert, FoxTrot, Nancy and more.

            Along with the classics, Laugh-O-Gram hopes to foster a new generation of comics through original content supplied by accomplished and aspiring cartoonists. So far, this roster includes:

            The Kid In Me by Noah – Celebrating the kid in each one of us. Some of us imagined being a doctor; others, an attorney.

            Px – The life of a punk rock misfit with a love for music. Based on the original character the Pokinatcha Punk, the icon of the band MxPx.

            Middle C by Jon Schneck—The unintentionally hilarious life of a brilliant middle child.

            ArtMan – Art History Teacher by day, Superhero… kind of.

            Retails – The story of a nervous turtle named Jitter making his way in the hectic world of retail and relationships.

            Zaob – Guerrilla warfare takes place on a grand scale between two mischievous siblings and their homeschool parents.

 

 

 

CARTOONISTS IN OTHER LANDS—:

Where The Powers That Be Don’t Like To Be Laughed At

■ In Turkey, from Cartoonists Rights Network International: Cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan, from the Turkish satirical magazine Penguen, appeared in court charged with “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The indictment relates to a cartoon placed on the front cover of the magazine last August, depicting the President meeting two officials outside his newly completed presidential palace.

            The cartoonists explained in court that the cartoon was making a comment on the victimization of journalists, the President replying to the greeting within the cartoon with “What a bland celebration. We could have at least sacrificed a journalist” —an allusion to a Muslim practice of ritual sacrifice.

            But the insult was conveyed by another allusion, according to hurriyetdaillynews.com. One of the welcoming officials is buttoning his jacket, his fingers making a “ball-shape,” a gesture customarily used to imply that the person being addressed is homosexual. We post the questionable cartoon on the other side of the $ubscribers Wall.

            Baruter explaining that was not the intention, stressing too the problematic nature of predicating the law suit the idea that being homosexual is insulting.

            “If you look at the whole picture,” he explained, “you see that the joke has got nothing to do with the gesture.”

            Aydogan, whose idea Baruter illustrated with the cartoon, stated that the cartoon was simply a comment on the lack of press freedom in Turkey.

            Initially, the two cartoonists were sentenced to 11 months and 20 days in jail, but the sentence was subsequently commuted to a fine of 7,000 Turkish liras (about $2,700).

            Penguen said it would appeal the verdict, adding: “We will continue to draw our cartoons as we feel like. We hope this case will be the last example of the efforts to dismay the freedom of thought.”

 

                       

■ Turkish President Erdogan is particularly edgy about cartoon criticism, according to Aljazeera.com. He has lashed out at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, for its "provocative" publications about Islam, saying the weekly paper incites hatred and racism.

            "This magazine [is] notorious for its provocative publications about Muslims, about Christians, about everyone," Erdogan told a meeting of businessmen in Ankara recently. “This is not called freedom. This equates to wreaking terror by intervening in the freedom space of others. We should be aware of this. There is no limitless freedom," he said.

            "They may be atheists. If they are, they will respect what is sacred to me," said Erdogan.

"If they do not, it means it is a provocation, which is punishable by laws. What they do is incite hatred, racism," he added.

            In solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, Turkish daily Cumhuriyet published a four-page pull-out including some Charlie Hebdo cartoons (translated into Turkish) which prompted prosecutors to open an investigation into two commentators writing for Cumhuriyet.

            Erdogan has sued “dozens of people” for purportedly insulting him.

            Speaking to Al Jazeera from Istanbul, Emma Sinclair, the senior Turkey researcher with U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, said that there was a pattern with the recent prosecutions on alleged insults towards politicians: "A lot of prosecutors seem to act on their own initiatives in opening cases. There have even been some activists, not only prosecuted but put into prison for insulting Erdogan."

            She added that Erdogan was not the only Turkish politician pursuing lawsuits on alleged insults of his critics.

            Erdogan sued Penguen in 2005 when he was prime minister for depicting him as several different animals. A court threw out the case in 2006.

            Most recently, 37 students and teachers appeared in court in the northern city of Trabzon on charges of insulting the president at a protest in February. A 16-year-old is also being tried in a similar case.

            In a case opened by Erdogan’s lawyers in February, former Miss Turkey, Merve Buyuksarac, faces up to 4-and-a-half years in prison over social media comments allegedly insulting to Erdogan.

 

In France, from Alan Gardner at DailyCartoonist.com: A French Jewish cartoonist was arrested on charges of Anti-Semitism for a cartoon he drew in 2011. Anadolu Agency reported:

            “The environment after the Charlie Hebdo attacks is just like post-September 11. You are either Charlie, or a terrorist,” cartoonist Zeon said in an interview with the Agency. After the 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., then-President George Bush had famously drawn the red line as “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” at the start of his so-called war on terror.

            The Jewish cartoonist was arrested in early March and sent to court in Paris for his alleged “anti-Zionist” drawings, in particular for a cartoon he made in 2011 that depicted a Palestinian child being stabbed by an Israeli-flag shaped knife. His arrest followed a complaint that was reportedly filed by the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.

            Zeon alleged that his arrest was ignored by the mainstream French media since talking about his case would contrast his situation to the January 7 attacks on the French satirical magazine known for printing controversial material, including derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and 2012.

            Firstly, said Gardner, free speech should prevail in a case like this. Secondly, if free speech isn’t the norm, what about statute of limitations on things people say. 2011? What if in the last four years, he’s changed his mind on an issue?

 

 

In Malaysia, from the malaymailonline.com: Political cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque, aka Zunar, has been charged with 9 counts of sedition, all of which, he says, are part of the government’s effort to silence him from criticizing the Barisan Nasional regime. If he is found guilty on all charges, he would be jailed for a maximum of 43 years.

            “At the very last minute,” Zunar said, quoted in theadministrator.com, “they changed the original one charge to nine charges, resulting in RM45,000 bail (later reduced to RM22,500) by the court). This was clearly to punish me even before trial.

            “The charges are evidently politically motivated, and a new level of intimidation and harassment against me,” Zunar added, “—part of a grand modus operandi to stop me from drawing critical cartoons.”

            Throughout his career as a cartoonist, Zunar’s human rights have been under attack by the Malaysian police and authorities who say his cartoons are "detrimental to public order." According to the administrator.com, Zunar has been detained twice under Malaysia’s archaic Sedition Act. Five of his cartoon books have been banned. His office in Kuala Lumpur has been raided a few times.

            It is not just Zunar who is being targeted; the printers, vendors, and bookstores around the country that carry his cartoon works, have been harassed. Their premises have been raided and they have also been warned not to print or carry any of his titles.

            Zunar is undeterred.

            “The use of the Sedition Act came as no surprise for me as in a corrupt regime, the truth is seditious,” he said, quoted by themalaysianinsider.com. He vows to continue. “I will not be silenced. I will keep exposing the corruptions and wrong-doings of the BN government. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink.”

            Meanwhile, he is suing the the police for damaging the original art of a cartoon that was seized in September 2010, along with 66 copies of his book, Cartoon-O-Phobia.

 

In Ecuador, from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Ecuadorian cartoonist Xavier Bonilla (aka Bonil) is a frequent target of governmental censors in a country that has become more repressive since Rafael Correa became president in 2007. In the guise of “democratizing” the press, he issued a series of new communications laws that have the effect of restricting freedom of the press.

            Said Caitlin McCabe at CBLDF: “Cartoonist Bonil, who pulls no punches when criticizing the government in his cartoons, was recently charged with ‘socioeconomic discrimination’ and fined $500,000 by the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to stifle free speech. This is not the first time that Bonil and his work have come under attack, nor will it probably be the last.”

            “There have always been tensions between the government and the press,” Bonil commented during his interview with Freedom House. “This is the first time in the country that there is a specific governmental policy directed to control the media. The ‘democratization’ did not mean to expand the number of people talking, but to limit the media to whomever the government wanted to hear.”

            We’ve posted one of his cartoons on the other side of the $ubscribers Wall.

            Bonil fears that the situation is only getting worse: “I see the situation deteriorating. In 2014, it became more evident that the government is intent on punishing and oppressing critical voices from media and civil society, as well as private citizens who are on Twitter or social media. This illustrates the growing intolerance against dissident or critical voices. There has also been an increase in the fines against media companies.

            “Paradoxically,” he adds, “the role of a cartoonist is to be a dissident, to not have a role. This allows me to see what is happening from outside the system. It allows me to be a critical voice, to be a discordant voice in the choir, the choir being the unanimous voice of the regime.”

            Bonil’s troubles have lately stemmed from beyond his country’s borders. El Universo, the newspaper that often prints his work, received a letter of warning from supports of the Cutthroat CalipHATE:

            “Once again, the cartoonist for El Universo, ridicules the Islamic State with his drawings, and names Allah. ... The next time I see a cartoon similar to what I have mentioned in your journal, I will call my friends in Syria to alert them about what is happening in Ecuador, so they can come and kill the wretch who is doing this. ... [They will] make an attack against the newspaper El Universo such as the one that happened in France with the magazine Charlie Hebdo. ... This is the last time, Bonil, or you will regret it.”

            The letter was a response to a cartoon entitled “Fundamentalism and Barbarism,” McCabe explained, “which was published on March 1. It depicts ISIS group members performing destructive acts with the caption, ‘Let’s put an end to cultural expressions of the infidels!’ The second panel shows a man in a turban, ostensibly a member of ISIS, sitting at his computer cursing, ‘By Allah! The Internet is slow ... I cannot submit our video to Twitter and Facebook.’”

            Bonil commented that the threat comes from a “climate of hostility and harassment against citizens and journalists,” noting two other recent cases of governmental acts against cartoonists for their “anti-governmental” work. Bonil says he will continue to draw despite threats and actions against him.

            Said McCabe: “The state of freedom of speech and expression is in a precarious position in Ecuador.”

 

 

SWEDISH CARTOONIST HONORED

Swedish conceptual artist Lars Vilks, who has been dealing with death threats from Muslims in Europe ever since drawing a dog with Muhammed’s head in 2007, received the Sappho Award from the Free Press Society of Denmark. The prize is for courage in the advocacy of free speech and is named after the Greek poet who serves as the Society’s icon.

            Said Vilks upon receiving the award: “I am an artist and my artwork is probably difficult to understand. Many have tried to understand what that dog is about. But I don’t even understand it myself. Some believe that it is a form of blasphemy, but I say that it is what art is all about. I show my things to the world and then the world must interpret it.”

            Vilks has been living under police protection in Sweden, and his appearance to accept the award is the first time he has appeared in public since he attended a seminar on February 14 in Copenhagen that was attacked by a gunman sympathetic to Muslim objections to drawing Muhammad (see Opus 338). The presentation took place at a heavily secured event in the Danish parliament.

 

 

 

CENSOR FAILS — FOR NOW

From a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund press releases: In response to that New Mexico parent’s complaint that the highly-regarded graphic novel Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez was “child porn” (see Opus 338), a district review committee has voted to keep the book in a high school library. CBLDF joined partners in the Kids Right to Read Project (KRRP) in sending a letter on March 9 to the Rio Rancho Public Schools to rebut this inaccurate and lurid storyline. KRRP pointed out that the book was not pornographic at all.

            The letter also argued that one parent’s objections cannot be allowed to determine the rights of other students to enjoy Palomar or any other literary work. And the letter urged the school district to adhere to its own guidelines, which state that reviews to challenged materials be treated “objectively, unemotionally, and as a routine matter.”

            The Rio Rancho review committee agreed. By a 5-3 vote, the committee voted on March 16 to retain the book.

            But the instigating parent, Catreena Lopez, was neither chastized nor silenced: she plans to appeal to the school board.

            This story broke in February with a heavily biased news report from Albuquerque-area tv station KOAT, which unquestioningly labeled the critically-acclaimed comic “sexual, graphic, and not suitable for children.” Lopez, the mother of a Rio Rancho High School freshman, said she wanted the book off school library shelves because it contained “child pornography pictures and child abuse pictures.” The KOAT report showed the library copy stuffed with sticky-note flags that Lopez had used to mark all the pages she found objectionable, but the reporter provocatively told viewers that “we can’t show you any of the images because they’re too sexual and very graphic.”

            In the latest news report from competing station KRQE, the book received slightly more balanced treatment: some images from interior pages were shown, albeit with pixelization, and a reporter interviewed CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to provide a counterpoint to Lopez. KRQE also referenced the letter that CBLDF and other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project sent to the Rio Rancho school district in defense of the book, calling it an “exploration of culture, identity, sexuality and memory” rather than a compendium of child porn.

            Lopez seems undeterred, however, hyperbolically telling KRQE that “to me, this book is kind of like having a Hustler magazine in the schools.” While CBLDF strongly disagrees with that sentiment, “we are gratified that Rio Rancho district officials are following their challenge policy and requiring Lopez to lay out her case before the public. Rest assured we will keep fighting to make sure Palomar stays in the school library collection!”

            Makes us wonder how she knows about Hustler.

            The school board is expected to consider the appeal in a public meeting sometime in the coming weeks.

            RCH: Help support CBLDF’s important First Amendment work in 2015 by visiting the Rewards Zone, making a donation, or becoming a member of CBLDF!

 

 

 

NOMINEES FOR NCS AWARDS NAMED

The National Cartoonists Society has completed the nomination process for its annual Division Awards—cartooning endeavors in various modes, as indicated below—now dubbed “Silver Reubens.” The process this year involved members all voting for nominees via an online ballot box rather than distributing the nominating function to “jurying” by various of its chapters around the country. And, judging from the results unveiled below, this new process has produced a list of nominees that is more representative of cartooning in its assorted modes than before.

            In the Editorial Cartooning category, for instance, we have both liberal and conservative editoonists represented. And Comic Books and Graphic Novels reflect, for the first time in these categories, an actual knowledge about those enterprises and what’s going on in them. Alas, not all is golden: magazine Gag Cartooning seems restricted to New Yorker cartoonists.

            Nominees for the Granddaddy Award, the Reuben (no metallic adjective), we announced last time, in Opus 338: Roz Chast, whose graphic memoir about her parents’ last years, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant, has resulted in a deluge of honors and recognitions (Kirkus Prize, National Book Critics Circle rcognition); Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange comic strip) and Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine comic strip). This is Pastis’ seventh nomination and Price’s second; for Chast, it’s the first.

            With two women cartoonists up, we might encounter a historic moment when this year’s Reuben is finally conferred. Only two women (Lynn Johnston, For Better or For Worse, and Cathy Guisewite, Cathy) have collected a Reuben statuette in the Society’s nearly 70-year history.

            The winners of the Reuben and the Silver Reubens will all be announced during the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner on May 23rd. This year’s Reuben Awards will be held in Washington D.C. Herewith, a listing and a robust Rancid Raves Congrat to the nominees.

 

Editorial Cartoons

Clay Bennett

Michael Ramirez

Jen Sorensen

 

Newspaper Illustration

Anton Emdin

Glen LeLievre

Ed Murawinski

 

Feature Animation

Paul Felix (production designer: “Big Hero 6”)

Tomm Moore (Director: “Song of the Sea”)

Isao Takahata (Director: “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”)

 

TV Animation

Mark Ackland (Storyboards- “The Void” : “Wander Over Yonder)

Patrick McHale (Creator “Over the Garden Wall”)

Kyle Menke (storyboards- “Star Wars” parody episode “Phineas and Ferb”)

 

Newspaper Panels

Dave Blazek (Loose Parts)

Mark Parisi (Off the Mark)

Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)

 

Gag Cartoons

Liza Donnelly

Benjamin Schwartz

Edward Steed

 

Advertising/Product Illustration

Kevin Kallaugher

Ed Steckley

Dave Whammond

 

Greeting Cards

Gary McCoy

Glenn McCoy

Maria Scrivan

 

Comic Books

Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)

Babs Tarr (Batgirl)

J.H. Williams III (The Sandman Overture)

 

Graphic Novel

Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother)

Mike Maihak (Cleopatra in Space)

Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer)

 

Magazine Illustration

Ray Alma

Anton Emdin

Tom Richmond

 

Online – Long Form

Vince Dorse (The Untold Tales of Bigfoot)

Mike Norton (Battlepug)

Minna Sundberg (Stand Still, Stay Silent)

 

Online – Short Form

Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)

Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic)

Rich Powell (Wide Open)

 

Book Illustration

Marla Frazee “The Farmer and the Clown”

Yasmeen Ismail “Time for Bed, Fred”

Shaun Tan “Rules of Summer”

 

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Brian Bassett (Red and Rover)

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Glenn McCoy (The Duplex)

 

 

 

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